The Structured PhD in History is a four-year, full-time programme of study and research.  The length of the dissertation is normally approximately 80,000 words. The dissertation should make a substantial and original contribution to its field of knowledge. The degree is awarded for work that is 'worthy of publication, in whole or in part, as a work of serious scholarship'. 

We welcome applications for study towards research degrees from candidates with suitable qualifications and specialist interests related to those of our staff.

How to Apply

Admission to a research degree is at the discretion of the potential supervisor and the head of department, and is based on a proposal from the applicant following discussion with the member of staff whose academic area of interest is most appropriate. Candidates should have obtained an honours degree in History (Second Class Honours, Grade 1 [or equivalent international qualification] minimum), and for the PhD, would usually already hold a Master’s degree.

Each student will be assigned a primary Supervisor(s) and a Graduate Research Committee made up of experienced researchers to plan their programme of study and to provide on-going support to their research.

For more about individual staff research interests, please visit the Discipline staff page

Applications are made online via the University of Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Course Fees

Fees: EU
€5,890 (tuition €5,750 + student levy €140) p.a. 2023/24

Fees: Non EU
€ 14,440 p.a. 2023/24
Extra Information
EU Part time: Year 1 €3,990 (inclusive of student levy €140) p.a. 2023/24

All students, irrespective of funding, must pay the student levy of €140.

Further information on Fees can be found here.


Dr. Tomás Finn
Director of Graduate Studies
Discipline of History
T: 00 353 (0)91 492552

Useful Links

Structured PhD Programme details

Postgraduate Admissions Office

Hardiman PhD Scholarships  

University Guidelines for Research Degree Programmes